Past few weeks in Indiana

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Past few weeks in Indiana

Post by ThatFrogGuy » April 23rd, 2013, 4:04 pm

My first snakes of the year were garters and water snakes (as expected) on April 5th.
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Midland Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon pleuralis) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

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Midland Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon pleuralis) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

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Midland Water Snakes (Nerodia sipedon pleuralis) Mating by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

A crow actually led me to this guy, and as you can see it got the tip of its tail.
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Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

In a creek near my house, two lined salamanders are very common, but I had never seen a nest. I was happy to change that this year.
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Southern Two Lined Salamander (Eurycea cirrigera) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

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Southern Two Lined Salamander (Eurycea cirrigera) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

Slightly off topic-Darters are cool little fish and fortunately quite common in my creek. It's breeding season and so the males are really pretty right now.
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Orangethroat Darter (Etheostoma spectabile) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

Here's one of the snappers I see in this creek every April.
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Eastern Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina serpentina) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

Smaller one
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Eastern Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina serpentina) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

I was surprised to find this spotted still in the vernal pool on April 10th.
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Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

The usual suspects were around as well.
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Northern Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer crucifer) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

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Red Spotted Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens viridescens) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

At a local lake toads started breeding on April 10th
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Eastern American Toad (Bufo americanus americanus) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

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Eastern American Toads (Bufo americanus americanus) in amplexus by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

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Eastern American Toads (Bufo americanus americanus) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

Three days later they were finished.
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Eastern American Toad (Bufo americanus americanus) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

I had thought only wood frogs bred here, but I was pleased to find Spotted salamander larvae as well.
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Vernal Pool by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

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Wood Frog (Rana sylvatica) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

Tin nearby produced the first non-natricids of the year.
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Northern Ringneck Snake (Diadophis punctatus edwardsii) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

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Milk Snake (Lampropeltis triangulum) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

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Milk Snake (Lampropeltis triangulum) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

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Milk Snake (Lampropeltis triangulum) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

Thanks for looking.

-Zach

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Re: Past few weeks in Indiana

Post by Ecto Hunter » April 24th, 2013, 4:17 pm

Cool shots. That milk snake looks like it could use a shed or two. Awesome job saving that garter from the crow. That "toad party" shot is pretty cool, too. :thumb:

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Re: Past few weeks in Indiana

Post by Blacktail31 » April 24th, 2013, 5:56 pm

Nice pictures. Cant wait for things to warm up around here.

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Re: Past few weeks in Indiana

Post by ThatFrogGuy » April 28th, 2013, 10:05 am

Thanks guys!

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Re: Past few weeks in Indiana

Post by MHollanders » April 29th, 2013, 1:40 pm

Cool post.

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Re: Past few weeks in Indiana

Post by justinm » April 30th, 2013, 8:16 am

I love the toads, I've been out watching a few calling ponds myself. I can't get enough of the frog and toad choruses.

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Re: Past few weeks in Indiana

Post by Tamara D. McConnell » April 30th, 2013, 4:03 pm

You are blessed to live near that creek. It looks like a special place.
I really like the darter and the hatchling snapping turtle.

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Re: Past few weeks in Indiana

Post by ThatFrogGuy » May 1st, 2013, 6:01 pm

Thanks guys.
justinm wrote:I love the toads, I've been out watching a few calling ponds myself. I can't get enough of the frog and toad choruses.
Same here. Being out in the midst of calling anurans is my favorite type of herping.

Here's a video a shot the other night of some toad calls.


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Eastern American Toad (Bufo americanus americanus) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

-Zach

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